Thursday, February 11, 2016

UAE summit urges wider use of green energy sources

Former Mexican President Felipe de Jesus Calderon said Wednesday that most of the world's cities, agriculture and businesses have to be revamped drastically in order to save the planet from global warming.

Delivering a keynote speech on climate change at the Fourth World Government Summit, Calderon, Chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, presented a 15-year action plan to manage the turnaround and halt prevent the plant from an ecological collapse.

He said that the number of cars is poised to increase from one billion unites in 2010 to three billion vehicles by 2050 if the current pace of car sales continue.

"There is simply no space in the cities for three billion cars and air pollution will increase health risks in agglomerations to levels which will make life unbearable," said the 54-year old Mexican politician.

Therefore mass transportation must be implemented and upgraded in all cities across the globe. In order to ensure food supply for the growing world population, used agricultural soil must be recovered, said Calderon.

The former president, who ruled Mexico from 2006 to 2012, urged businesses to become carbon-neutral. "Green energy sources are today 85 percent cheaper than 10 years ago," he said,

He added "if more businesses use solar, wind and bioenergy to run their businesses and if more businessmen use electric vehicles, then the turnaround away from carbon energy to renewable sources can be managed and we can reach a decarbonized global economy."

In order to encourage the use renewable energy, governments shall no longer subsidize petrol and electricity from conventional energy sources, he demanded. 

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